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    Politics in Contemporary Indonesia
    Setiawan, KMP ; Tomsa, D (Routledge, 2022)
    In Politics in Contemporary Indonesia, Ken M.P. Setiawan and Dirk Tomsa analyse the most prominent political ideas, institutions, interests and issues that shape Indonesian politics today. Guided by the overarching question whether Indonesia still deserves its famous label as a ‘model Muslim democracy’, the book argues that the most serious threats to Indonesian democracy emanate from the fading appeal of democracy as a compelling narrative, the increasingly brazen capture of democratic institutions by predatory interests, and the narrowing public space for those who seek to defend the values of democracy. In so doing, the book answers the following key questions: • What are the dominant political narratives that underpin Indonesian politics? • How has Indonesia’s institutional framework evolved since the onset of democratisation in 1998? • How do competing political interests weaken or strengthen Indonesian democracy? • How does declining democracy affect Indonesia’s prospects for dealing with its main policy challenges? • How does Indonesia compare to other Muslim-majority states and to its regional neighbours? Up-to-date, comprehensive and written in an accessible style, this book will be of interest for both students and scholars of Indonesian politics, Asian Studies, Comparative Politics and International Relations.
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    Interviews with North Korean Defectors From Kim Shin-jo to Thae Yong-ho
    Im, I ; Il, L ; Zulawnik, A (Routledge, 2021)
    Originally compiled and written by North Korean defector and author Lim Il, this English-language edition, thoroughly annotated by Dr. Adam Zulawnik, is a fascinating collection of 34 interviews with highly prominent North Korean defectors ...
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    Transnational Civil Society in Asia The Potential of Grassroots Regionalization
    Avenell, S ; Ogawa, A ; Avenell, S ; Ogawa, A (Routledge, 2021)
    This edited volume addresses how transnational interactions among civil society actors in Asia and its sub-regions are helping to strengthen common democratic values and transform dominant processes of policymaking and corporate capitalism ...
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    New Frontiers in Japanese Studies
    Ogawa, A ; Seaton, P ; Ogawa, A ; Seaton, P (Routledge, 2020-04-02)
    Over the last 70 years, Japanese Studies scholarship has gone through several dominant paradigms, from ‘demystifying the Japanese’, to analysis of Japanese economic strength, to discussion of global interest in Japanese popular culture. This book assesses this literature, considering future directions for research into the 2020s and beyond. Shifting the geographical emphasis of Japanese Studies away from the West to the Asia-Pacific region, this book identifies topic areas in which research focusing on Japan will play an important role in global debates in the coming years. This includes the evolution of area studies, coping with aging populations, the various patterns of migration and environmental breakdown. With chapters from an international team of contributors, including significant representation from the Asia-Pacific region, this book enacts Yoshio Sugimoto’s notion of ‘cosmopolitan methodology’ to discuss Japan in an interdisciplinary and transnational context and provides overviews of how Japanese Studies is evolving in other Asian countries such as China and Indonesia. New Frontiers in Japanese Studies is a thought-provoking volume and will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese and Asian Studies.